7 Reasons You Should Visit Lake Tahoe This Winter

Snow, sun, and skiing

Lake Tahoe in the winter has it all

Lake Tahoe is a blissful paradise that straddles California and Nevada, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Most describe it as a Utopian destination. An earthly haven. A place replete with sun, sand, surf, wind, and snow. It’s an epic place to visit, either in the winter or the summer, with plenty to do in every season. But today, we want to talk about the magic of Lake Tahoe in th winter. 

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Lake Tahoe in the Winter

There is sheer beauty in Lake Tahoe in the winter time. It’s an epic sight to see. Snow-blanketed mountainsides. Shimmering turquoise and blue-hued fresh waters. Alpine forests engulfed with Fir and Pine trees that spiral into the heavens. The intoxicating air is replete with crisp mountain scents that offer nostalgia to anyone raised in similar destinations.

In North Lake Tahoe, winters are serene. There’s an upscale vibe. An air that embodies and epitomizes rest and relaxation. It’s a luxurious environment filled with some of the most spectacular mountain cabins, high-end homes, mansions, and resorts. If luxury is your speed, then North Lake Tahoe is certainly for you.

1. Our top reason to visit in 2019? The skiing. 

Ski resorts all over Lake Tahoe saw record snow in February, and storms have already dropped feet in some areas in March. This means resorts will likely be open later, with better conditions. Here's an updated list of the latest closing dates for the 2019 season:

Squaw Valley: June 2, 2019
Northstar: April 14, 2019 (could be pushed back)
Diamond Peak: April 21, 2019
Heavenly: April 21, 2019
Kirkwood: April 7, 2019

Even better, winter conditions in late-season skiing mean you could get the benefits of off-peak prices but the prime conditions of winter. Don't miss out on this epic combo. Below are a few homes we think could be perfect for a March, April, or even May ski getaway.

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Stella Nova at Northstar

Ski-in, ski-out in modern luxury

This home's beautiful, sleek design is apparent inside and out, and it's location truly couldn't be better. Located along the slopes of Northstar, you can ski within feet of your private outdoor hot tub, and be relaxing in it in just seconds. With three bedrooms and an additional sleeping area with modern pod-style bunk beds, up to 10 guests can stay in this exquisite Lake Tahoe cabin.

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Sierra Sanctuary at Northstar

The Luxury log cabin you're looking for

Sierra Sanctuary is the epitome of the perfect Lake Tahoe ski escape, with 4 bedrooms and a sleeping area that can accommodate 14 guests. Located halfway up the mountain near Northstar's ski runs, you'll find a serene retreat that's still close to the best of Northstar. Stay here and you'll enjoy:

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Orion at the Ritz-Carlton Constellation

Ski-in, ski-out at the Ritz

Orion at the Ritz-Carlton Constellation is a 3-bedroom condo that sleeps eight guests walking distance to the lifts of Northstar California Resort. The Ritz-Carlton is perched high up on the mountain and has incredible views of the valley below, and offers all the luxury you'd expect from the famous hotel brand. Enjoy:

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Aerials at Big Horn Lodge

In the heart of Northstar Ski Village

Aerials is a gorgeous 3-bedroom penthouse in the celebrated Big Horn Lodge, located in the center of the charming Northstar Ski Village. Walk to the slopes, then at the end of the day, relax in the lodge's hot tub and sauna. It's the perfect escape for up to six guests. You'll also get:

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2. The Spas

So you might not be solely interested in skiing or other winter sports. Or, if you are, you might just need some rejuvenation treatments after a long day of carving up the slopes. Either way, there are plenty of spas in Lake Tahoe that you can visit for a relaxing and soothing deep-tissue massage, manicures, pedicures, facials and more.

It’s a great way to wind down. It’s also a blissful way to spend the day with a friend or loved one. Enjoy a hot stone couples massage, followed by a sauna and steam shower. Afterwards, you’ll feel relaxed and revitalized. Cap off the evening with a glass of red wine in front of a fireplace at your cabin.

If you’re looking for a spa in Lake Tahoe, you don’t have to look far. The Ritz-Carlton in Northstar features an incredible spa. So does the Hyatt, which is also located nearby. There are also plenty of day spas in both North Lake and South Lake.

3. The Scenic Beauty

Lake Tahoe offers a world of epic beauty. It’s truly one of the earth’s most awe-inspiring destinations. And it will take your breath away. Most people come to Lake Tahoe in the winter simply to witness this heaven-on-earth intoxicating atmosphere. It’s virtually unrivaled. Snow-capped peaks and Pine tree-engulfed forests beckon you to explore the area.

When the skies are blue and deplete of clouds, a stark contrast fills your vision with elements of wonder. How can a place be so beautiful? In the winter, you won’t do much hiking. But at the top of a gondola ride, as you gaze out, you’re hit with a sparkling wintry wonderland that spills out before your eyes.

It is truly epic. Use snowshoe trails at the top of the mountains to hike around and capture all the scenic beauty and vistas that spread out in front of you. Don’t care to try to hike around in the winter? Why not explore the area in a helicopter? There are year-round tours available where you can do just that.

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4. The Cabins

Lake Tahoe is filled with incredible cabins. In fact, the cabins offer one of the most alluring reasons to pay a visit here in the winter. Some offer a rustic mountain feeling while others offer opulence beyond measure. In fact, some might not even be considered cabins. Some might be considered mansions on the mountains, because they are sprawling homes that spill out over thousands of square feet of luxury and class. To look through InvitedHome's expansive collection of high-end Tahoe cabins, click here.

If you’re trying to decide on where to stay in the winter in Lake Tahoe, opt for the north. You’ll find more peaks and things to do in the winter in North Lake Tahoe than in the south. That doesn't mean you should avoid the south. In fact, one of the most popular destinations in Lake Tahoe is in the south at a community called Sierra Shores.

Below are a few more homes in North Lake Tahoe currently available for March and April 2019.

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Swiss Kiss

A 4-bedroom home in Incline Village that sleeps up to 10 guests, minutes from Diamond Peak ski resort.

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Big Buck Lodge

A gorgeous 6-bedroom Tahoe cabin that sleeps 18 guests

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North Slope Chateau

A 5-bedroom ski cabin walking distance to the slopes at Squaw Valley. 

5. The Adventure Sports

Lake Tahoe is known for its adventure sports. In the winter, those adventure sports are often skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more. On average, you can expect around 125 inches of snow per year in Lake Tahoe. The result? An epic wintry scene of frost-and-snow-covered landscapes that will warm your heart.

If you’re into adventure sports, then Tahoe is definitely the place for you in the winter. But don’t discount the summer. There’s a mountain bike park that’s open in Northstar. That’s the same resort where you’ll find world-class skiing and snowboarding as well. And there’s also Squaw Valley, which was home to the winter Olympics in the not-so-distant past.

In South Lake Tahoe, there’s the wildly-popular Heavenly Gondola. You can ride it to the top and carve up the slopes on the way down. Heavenly has beginner and advanced slopes, perfect for the entire group, no matter what the skill level might be.

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6. The Backcountry

There’s an incredible backcountry in Lake Tahoe. We’re talking about the often-inaccessible routes that most people don’t travel. In the mountains, during the winter in Tahoe, this means access via other means such as snowmobiles and sleigh-rides and snowshoes. Yes. If you’re serious about seeing some virtually untouched backcountry, this is the destination to do that.

Of course, if you don’t feel like going on foot or by snowmobile or by sleigh, you can opt for a helicopter ride. Why not take a heli tour of Lake Tahoe and see every part and parcel of this heavenly destination? If you’re not into helicopters, that’s quite alright. Being on the ground brings you much closer to Mother Nature and all the incredible sights to see at eye-level.

The Alpine forests simply can’t be missed. Take the time to explore Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Check out Homewood and Mount Rose and some of the other epic backcountry that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Not everything will be entirely accessible in the winter. In the summer, you could hike the trails throughout this area. But the winter brings the solitude of the snow. There’s a peaceful air that will fill you with a sense of nostalgia for years to come.

7. The Casinos

Last, but certainly not least in the reasons to visit Lake Tahoe in the winter, are the casinos. Since Tahoe straddles the state of Nevada, where gaming is legal, you’ll find over 16 casinos here around Stateline. Whether you want to pull a few slots or spend the day or night playing craps or blackjack or roulette or poker, this is the place to do it.

From the Grand Lodge Hyatt Casino to Hardrock, Harrah’s and beyond, there are tons of great casinos here. In each, a wide range of dining and entertainment options as well. Dance the night away at one of the clubs or have an incredible meal at a high-end steak restaurant or an all-American meal at one of the burger joints.

No matter what your speed, there’s a casino and a resort to help suit you. While casinos shouldn’t be the only reason why you’d visit Tahoe in the wintertime, they’re definitely a big draw for a large portion of our population. Sure, gambling can be fun. But combine the exhilaration of gambling with all the other wintry fun nearby and you have a recipe for a world-class destination.

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